Hi! I am getting frustrated.....So here's my situation: I am selling my condo and my buyer is requesting that I replace or repair the tub stopper in the master bathroom. Here's a similar picture of what my tub drain looks like:
It is one of those drains where the tub stopper screws into the crossarms. The problem is that the crossarms are broken. Therefore, I need to replace the drain.
A contractor guy is telling me that because my tub is old (my building was built 1991 and I assume it's the original drain) and because the drain is old, that he needs to cut a hole in the wall behind the tub (my walk-in closet) in order to access the drain from behind/below....that it isn't the best idea to try to remove it from the outside/top, because the tub can chip, etc.
But I found this tool online that is supposed to be for these types of jobs where the crossarms are broken:
Wouldn't this work??? Even though my cross arms are broken? There are still some little pieces left to it, but not much. I would imagine we could use this, and apply the hair dryer or some chemical that would loosen up the lip. Something online said to try dissolving with C.L.R. the mineral deposits that are holding the drain.
So my question is this: CAN hubby and I do this ourselves with this special tool? Do we NEED a plumber or contractor to cut an access panel in our walk-in closet just to get this drain out? And do we run the risk of DAMANGING our tub by trying to remove it ourselves? I called a plumber and he said it couldn't be removed with the tool, that it would have to be cut out. I don't feel comfortable cutting ourselves, but I also don't feel comfortable having some plumber charge $225 for him to try to cut it out.
Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated!!!!